For 593 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alan Sepinwall's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 6
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 70 out of 593
593 tv reviews
    • 33 Metascore
    • 33 Alan Sepinwall
    The whole thing feels like a gross miscalculation--a failed attempt to update Allen's familiar persona for an angrier, more desperate time.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 33 Alan Sepinwall
    The fictionalized Chelsea occupies that irritating middle ground where she's not likable enough to be watchable when she's just existing, and yet neutered enough that her bad behavior isn't actually all that funny.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 33 Alan Sepinwall
    With the show so half-hearted about its subject matter, Teenage Daughter has to lean on the hackiest of punchlines.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 33 Alan Sepinwall
    It could be a problem Allen Gregory solves later on, either by softening its main character (and his dad) or by pushing supporting characters more to the forefront, but the version on display in the pilot is one I have no interest in ever watching again.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 33 Alan Sepinwall
    But because Lohan seems to be going to a costume party dressed as Taylor while Bowler's giving a performance, the whole thing is an imbalanced mess.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    By the third episode, though, we've gone off the rails with another low-level blackmailer somehow getting over on an employee at the supposedly powerful and secretive CTU, and with Jack getting caught up in a plot-delaying detour that's even dumber than the survivalist who held Kim hostage for a few episodes in season two.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    If FX's other signature drama "The Shield" is a fine example of how cable's relaxed content restrictions can lead to more compelling drama, Nip/Tuck is a symbol of that freedom run amok. "The Shield" is heavy on shock value, but those shocks are there to serve some kind of larger purpose. When the Nip/Tuck writers throw in something raunchy or disgusting, it's simply because they can. [21 June 2004, p.27]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    For a show that's so scornful of our national obsession with beauty, Nip/Tuck seems awfully comfortable staying skin deep. Its wild collage of sexual and surgical plot twists creates the appearance of meaning, but very rarely does the show hold up to close scrutiny. In the moment, it's dazzling, but when you step away from the set, it's oddly forgettable. [20 Sept 2005, p.33]
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    This is sledgehammer writing, and not very interesting writing at that. [13 Jun 2005]
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    "Hell's Kitchen" cribs both the format of "The Apprentice" and that show's major problems. As with the two "Apprentice" sequels, the cast is filled with people who appear to have no clue what they're doing - or, at least, are placed in positions in which they'll inevitably fail so Ramsay can cuss them out. [30 Sep 2005]
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    Who wants to watch a less funny, vaguely cuddlier House impersonator?
    • 74 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    It at times seems like a pornographic parody of "The X-Files."
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    A lame new sitcom.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    Having two nearly identical, equally mediocre sitcoms on the air at the same time isn't exactly a crime, but it seems an awful waste of someone's time and energy.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    What the obnoxious "Cashmere Mafia" and now the dull Lipstick Jungle suggest is that it's not as easy to recreate the "Sex and the City" phenomenon as assembling three or four attractive actresses of a certain age and pairing them with a name producer from the HBO show.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    The hallucinatory gimmick can only do so much for the same old stories.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    "Runaway" is like a Frankenstein's monster stitched together from pieces of dead shows from both networks.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    Basically, [the lead character is] a collection of every stereotypical romantic comedy and chick-lit trait, made especially annoying by Heche.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    A gimmick in search of a show.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    It abandons all of Kelley's strengths, like the legal setting and male bonding, and drowns itself in his weaknesses: women discussing their feelings, women flirting with men, women acting body-conscious... basically, anything involving the female gender.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    The show inspires nothing but my apathy.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    It's a very special, frustrating kind of bad, one with the power to actually change history.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    All the gunplay, pedal-to-the-metal action and cartoon villains cheapen any serious talk of what's going on in the city.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    Regardless of how promiscuous its obnoxious hero is, Californication remains a smug, unpleasant ego trip to nowhere.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    Journeyman doesn't do anything especially interesting with its time-twisting premise. It's competently produced, but unless you have a tremendous amount of affection for McKidd left over from his work as the insane Lucius Vorenus on HBO's "Rome," it's skippable.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    Jamie is our heroine, the one we're supposed to like and care about, but as played by British actress Ryan ("EastEnders," "Jekyll"), she's a mopey blank, badly upstaged every time Sackhoff makes one of her all-too-brief appearances as Corvus.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    It is every organ transplant storyline you've ever seen before on "ER" or "Chicago Hope" or elsewhere, told in the most unimaginative fashion possible, acted out by a competent group of actors not given much to play.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    They've assembled a cast suffering a major charisma deficit and given them wooden, cliche-riddled dialogue to deliver.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    Despite its silly trappings, Farmer Wants a Wife is neither appalling nor unintentionally funny enough to merit sitting through yet another contrived dating show where the biggest prize would be for someone, anyone, to escape with a bit of their dignity intact.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Alan Sepinwall
    It's not just familiar, but lazy.